Teen dies in SUV into Toronto

Posted: March 30, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in News, world
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4 others survive crash into Lake Ontario

Rescue crews work to rescue people believed to be inside a SUV that crashed into Lake Ontario

Rescue crews work to rescue people believed to be inside a SUV that crashed into Lake Ontario

TORONTO – A teenager has died after five 16-year-olds were pulled from an SUV that crashed into Lake Ontario near the Don Valley Pkwy. early Friday evening.

The vehicle went through three lanes of traffic for unknown reasons and crashed through a railing and plunged into the Don Basin at Lake Shore Blvd. E. and the Don Rdwy. around 5:30 p.m.

One of the occupants was underwater for about 30 minutes and was taken to the trauma unit of a Toronto hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The other four, two males and two females, escaped without serious injuries and were expected to be released from hospital shortly.

Staff-Sgt. Lawrence Zimmerman said the rail the car hit is actually a handrail, not designed to stop a vehicle, “so there wasn’t much to hold them back.”

Kurt Baron, who was feeding geese nearby, said he pulled three of the teens who had climbed out to safety using a rope.

“They were fighting to stay above the water,” Baron said.

“I heard a car going out of control, it spun around for about 150 feet, it went through and crashed through the guardrails right into the Don.”

Baron and another witness mistakenly believed two of the occupants didn’t make it out.

“It’s scary, it’s a sad thing to see. I just hope that they (all) got out,” Baron said, adding he knew the water well because he used to live under a nearby bridge.

“They have the safety ropes along the Don because it’s been known for people to fall in. and I was able to grab the rope in time and throw them the rope.I was able to pull them in and we made it to shore.”

A shaken man hugged Baron and told him: “Thank you for saving my daughter.”

Sola DaSilva saw the accident and stopped her car to try to help.

“You just heard a screech and you heard it break through the guard rail. It was so fast, it was like three seconds,” she said.

The witness said she was told by one of the girls that the boy who was still in the water could swim, but wasn’t moving.

She said one of the boys pulled out was hysterical and yelling, “I killed him, I killed him, my life is over,” while being comforted by others at the scene.

While not confirming speed as the culprit, Zimmerman said: “There was a little bit of speed there to go that distance. Like we always tell them, slow down, it doesn’t take that long to get to where you’re going and to get there alive.”

 

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